In Memory

Sister Anne Maria Foley, IHM

September 8, 1895 – June 2, 1965

Sister Anne Maria Foley, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, June 2, 1965.

She was born on September 8, 1895 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and given the name Eleanor. She was the daughter of the late Daniel Patrick and Mary Ellen Flynn Foley. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1926, received the religious habit on December 29, 1926, and made profession of her vows on January 2, 1929.

Sister Anne Maria served as a teacher at the following schools: Holy Rosary Elementary School in Scranton, PA; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Altoona, PA; St. Paul Elementary School in Edgewood, RI; St. Ambrose Elementary School in Bridgeport, CT; and Sacred Heart Elementary School in Mt. Holly, NJ.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Reverend John J. Foley.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Archival Remembrance:

Sister Anne Maria Foley will long be remembered for her truly religious spirit, her humility, and her cheerfulness. She loved her community and was devoted to the observances of religious life. Her convent was her home, the Sisters, her family. She was a devoted teacher, greatly loved by her students. The slow learner was Sister’s special concern, and she willingly gave long hours to tutoring these children. While her efforts were not always crowned with success, yet any slight improvement would give her great joy and encourage her to keep trying. Like the beloved St. Francis, she was an ardent lover of nature. Birds, animals, all God’s creatures were important in her estimation. Her most enjoyable relaxation was a long walk in the surrounding countryside, where she extolled the goodness of God in His creation.

After several months of illness, God crowned her sufferings with a holy and happy death. May she rest in peace, blessed by God and by the children she served so lovingly.

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